Strand Infectious Disease, P.C. Welcomes Andrew B. Collins, NP-C.

About Us


James N. Powers, MD


Dr. Powers attended Union University in his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee for his undergraduate studies. During the summer following his sophomore year, he participated in a pre-med internship at a local 1000 bed hospital. Those in the program rotated through twenty departments within the hospital to witness the patterns of medical care delivery. He shadowed a local infectious diseases specialist and quickly fell in love with the field due to its diverse patient population and intriguing diagnoses requiring puzzle-solving skills. To solidify this experience, he worked as a microbiology lab assistant for the remainder of his college tenure. He graduated magna cum laude from Union in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.

He then attended the School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus in Memphis, graduating in 2004. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2007 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He elected to remain at Wake Forest University for sub-specialty fellowship training in Infectious Diseases due to the strength of the faculty in this department. He completed his infectious diseases training in 2009. He is currently double board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

In the summer of 2009, he moved to the Myrtle Beach area to service Grand Strand, Waccamaw, and Conway hospitals as well as an active outpatient clinic. He was readily accepted into the medical community in Myrtle Beach shortly upon arrival, serving on multiple hospital committees as an opinion leader. He currently serves as the chair of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center's Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Infection Control committees. In the fall of 2014, he became the Infectious Disease Clerkship Director for Grand Strand Medical Center's Internal Medicine Residency Program. Presently, he also serves as a consulting physician at both Grand Strand and Conway Medical Centers.

In addition to board certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Powers has maintained certification as an HIV specialist with the AAHIVM since 2009. For two years, he served as the medical director of CareTeam, a local Ryan White/HIV Clinic. In 2012, he was given the opportunity to continue his service to the local HIV community and was installed as the medical director of Little River Medical Center's Ryan White/HIV clinic. While Dr. Powers continues to have special interests in HIV and viral hepatitis, he has spoken to the community on a wide array of topics including the emergence of antibiotic resistance, Ebola, MRSA, and hepatitis C. He also tends to a wide variety of clinical infectious diseases in his clinic at Strand Infectious Disease including travel preparedness for those patient's travelling or preparing to live abroad. 


Andrew Collins, NP-C

Strand Infectious Disease, P.C. welcomes nurse practitioner Andrew B. Collins to the team. Andrew brings over 10 years of experience to our practice. After earning his Associates Degree in Nursing from Florence Darlington Technical College and a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Pembroke, Andrew continued his nursing studies, completing a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing at Walden University. 

He belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Grand Strand Advance Practice Nurse Association. 

Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, two dogs and cat when he is not at work. Fishing, boating, hunting and enjoying the outdoors are some of his favorite pastimes. 


We currently provide services at our office located at 831 82nd Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC as well as Grand Strand, Conway, and Waccamaw Hospitals. 


Infection Treatment

  • Strand Infectious Disease, P.C. offers these services and more to those referred by a health care professional:
  •  Consultation and treatment for adults with infectious diseases  
  • Consultation and treatment for transplant recipients and other immunocompromised hosts with infection 
  •  Consultation and treatment of orthopedic and neurosurgery infections in multidisciplinary surgical-ID clinics 
  • Management of patients on home IV antibiotics with orthopedic and neurosurgery infections
  • Pseudomonas
  • Recurrent MRSA
  • Recurrent C.Diff
  • Pulmonary MAC

Travel Medicine

Planning a trip abroad? Contact us to schedule a travel consultation today. 

Hepatitis C


Useful Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Antibiotic Resistance - Interview with WMBF

Ebola - Interview with WMBF

Accepting New Patients

Dr. James N. Powers and Andrew Collin, NP-C are accepting new patient referrals now.  Patients  18 and older accepted (16/17 year old HIV patients accepted with parent consent.) HIV and HCV patients do not need a referral, but previous records will be needed prior to visit. 

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Strand Infectious Disease

831 82nd Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, US

Phone: (843) 839-0135 Fax: (843) 449-2333


By Appointment Only

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed